A Community Recreation Needs Survey conducted in 2020 by the Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet Recreation Department highlighted that residents of Lac du Bonnet leave the community to use outdoor skating trails. While an Information Café, hosted by Travel Manitoba in 2019 and a Development Focus Group, hosted by the CDC in 2019, brought to light the need to provide, develop and grow winter-based community tourism assets.
As such, the RM Recreation Department and the Lac du Bonnet CDC combined their efforts to fulfill both a community desire and a way to attract visitors to Lac du Bonnet during winter. Upon further research and investigation, it was discovered that a resident had already been working along the Lee River, plowing and maintaining a skating trail that ranged from 10 to 17 kilometres, simply out of the goodness of his heart.
A committee was formed, and work began to create the World’s Longest Ice Skating Trail. As the committee grew, so too did the ideas. The goal is to create a multi-use winter trail that will include a groomed skating trail, a cross-country ski trail, and a snowshoe and walking trail.